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Parker, Deidre C. (2019) Tracing Buddhism in the British Museum : Biographies of Select Buddhist Objects acquired by the British Museum in the 19th - 20th c. MPhil thesis. SOAS University of London. DOI:

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This thesis studies the history, acquisition and exhibition history of the Amaravati Marbles, the Bimaran Reliquary, the Kanishka Reliquary and the Shalabhanjika Yakshi currently held by the British Museum. It additionally examines the interaction between the life of these objects from their point of entry into Western epistemological structures and the specific development of the academic discipline of Buddhist art. These objects have been selected for study because of their wealth of contributions to the development of Buddhist art, mainly as they have become focal points of debates on the aniconic and iconic in Buddhist Art History.

Item Type: Theses (MPhil)
SOAS Departments & Centres: SOAS Research Theses
Supervisors Name: Ashley Thompson
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Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2020 14:20

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